2017 – Hmmmm

Posted: December 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

So 2017… where did it go?

Looking back it feels like I didn’t actually play much, but I have.

The biggest shock is that I am almost down to being a one game gamer. Sure over the year I’ve played Battlegroup for WWII, Guildball for quite a while, dabbled with a bit of 40K, but the only two games that I spend time tinkering with lists for are Hordes and EpicA.

I lost the love for Guildball early in the year, not 100% sure why but the constantly changing Midas was a part of it. How this player has changed so much since release is madness, and they aren’t minor changes either.

Paint wise another slow year, but then as I don’t really enjoy it so much it’s no surprise. I have played all my Hordes events as fully painted, painting new stuff for all three big events I attended. The plan is to maintain the paint to play mode in 2018.

Very little else to report. I have watched a lot of the the Critical Role vidcast, and that has me with a huge urge to play D&D again. Not sure how to fix that itch right now.

So… that’s about it really. Lets see what 2018 brings.



With my first ‘big’ WM/H event for quite a while in the bag it’s time to look back on take stock.

Game wise I think I’m about where I thought I would be in the wider community. Seventy third out of the hundred and nine that ended the event is roughly my spot, lower third. That said I do think with one or two less errors I could have gone 4-3, but not any higher than that I expect. My lists were ok. I did limit myself by only taking what is painted, and by the fact that I currently don’t own any duplicates. If I want to move into the 4-3 gang I suspect this would have to change.

Terrain was on the whole good, with all the tables I played on having at least seven pieces. The setup of most tables was fair, with over half I played on having a blocking piece of terrain in the center, and I have to say I think having this does make the game more interesting. The only slight knock on the terrain was as it wasn’t neoprene it did tend to drift if you looked at it funny.  Still to have seven pieces available for sixty four tables is no mean feat.

I also need to think about a mirror match list. The chances of my playing in another seven round event and never playing warmachine are remote, but in both of the mirror matches I played I didn’t think I had a tiny chance if I@m honest. While I own all bar three of Legions casters I’ve only played four in MkIII, and probably only played eight in MkII, time to paint more. So sorry local group but you are likely to see Lylth II in the near future!

Element Games North West Gaming Centre is a really good venue. There was enough space between tables, not amazingly spacious but not cramped. The facilities were clean all weekend, which is something few venues hosting over a hundred gamers can say. The bar was well staffed, with plenty of variety on offer. Can’t say how the prices of the alcohol were, but the soft drinks were fairly priced I felt. Certainly a venue I’m looking forward to visiting again.

A huge thank you to the team that ran the event. I never had the need to call on a judge other than to sort out terrain on a table before a game started, but from all the feedback I’ve seen elsewhere everything ran smoothly. The event ran to time which for an event of this size is no mean feat. The raffle was a nice touch, with every player there getting something.

The final big question is would I go back next year? As I left before the prize giving I missed the announcement that the event will be back in Stockport on the 15/16th September, and I intend to return.

So onto day two, after a pretty good nights sleep I was refreshed and ready for a new challenge… hang on Minions again! Yes, somehow in five games I was matched up with minions three times, and there were only four minion players in the field!

Game Five- Alex Smith – Minions (Rask) – Spread the Net
Alex’s lists were all based on gator men, with a fair spread of beasts and casters. I kinda assumed Rask would be the drop, so not to repeat my errors I picked Rhyas, weapon masters can take down gators right?
This game was a long one, lot’s of models went into the central circular zone, and lots of models died. Neither of use could really get a real jump on the attrition, as our beasts both went for the others rectangle zone, and didn’t meet in the middle to late game, turn five or six.
Alex was under some time pressure when his wrastler charged into Rhyas, needing tens to hit her. He never did, and the retaliatory strikes crippled the beast so it was an easy kill. Alex clocked out on his turn seven, and on count back we were tied on thirteen CP’s each!

Clock win (so psuedo Caster kill) to me
Tournament Standing 3-2

Game Six – Chris Young – Grymkin (Dreamer) – Recon II
Still no warmachine here! I’ve never seen Grymkin, so this was a jump into the unknown. Chris had lots of heavies in all his lists so I went with Absy. Chris did explain his arcana choices, but I pretty much forgot then, and he only actually played on all game too. Turn two I looked at how we were facing off and I thought I had a pretty good feat turn opportunity. If Absy killed a model she could get all her benefits, slip stream my Carnie into range of two heavies, leaving the angel to either finish off the second or put damage into the battle engine. Then I moved absy without putting up slipstream. So the carni did kill one beast, but the Angel’s AP attack was lack lustre and the second heavy survived. It was an uphill battle from there, and I ended the game with just about nothing left.

Scenario win to Chris (9-3)
Tournament Standing 3-3

Game Seven – Andy A – Legion (Absy2) – Recon II
Legion huh? I looked at Andy’s lists and said, lets have some fun. His reply was your playing Rhyas then, happy days. Andy’s list was one I hadn’t seen before for Absy as it had three Ravagores in it… boy it’s tough! Andy’s dice were good most of the game, he created a near perfect triangle of scather templates turn one that pretty much meant my swordsmen couldn’t go anywhere. Even when I did get models into combat my dice were low average and I just couldn’t compete in the attrition battle so Absy ruled the day.

Caster kill to Andy 
Tournament Standing 3-4

After the final game Andy and I were chatting and he was adamant that I needed proteus in my Absy list, so much so he broke off his proteues head and gave me the body! He had won an extreme carivean in the raffle so there was thought to this madness. Thanks Andy, you will be glad to know the conversion kit has arrived and proteus will be on the  painting table this weekend.

So overall I finished seventy third out of the hundred and nine players that completed the event, which I’m happy with.

I went into the tournament expecting to be in the bottom few, winning one or two games. In truth I feel the line between being 4-3 and 3-4 is very close. I think without making key mistakes in at least two my loses I could have swung them into wins.